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Old 07-07-2004, 05:05 PM   #1
Nego
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Unhappy problems editing XFree86


I cant change my Xfree86 configuration, whenever I try to put in /etc/X11/XFf86 to try an edit it, it will say "permission denied"

[nego@localhost nego]$ su
Password:
[root@localhost nego]# /etc/X11/XF86Config
bash: /etc/X11/XF86Config: Permission denied
[root@localhost nego]# /var/log/XFree86.0.log
bash: /var/log/XFree86.0.log: Permission denied
[root@localhost nego]#

Last edited by Nego; 07-07-2004 at 06:18 PM.
 
Old 07-08-2004, 01:40 AM   #2
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Why are you trying to change the options manually? Just type in the command 'xf86config' and you can change your configuration step by step!!!.
 
Old 07-08-2004, 02:01 AM   #3
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That will not give me the options I need, it doesnt even show my video card, and the nvidia instructions told me to do it this way and just edit it... I dont have any idea what it wont work.
 
Old 07-08-2004, 02:33 AM   #4
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You get "permission denied" because you are trying to run the file /etc/X11/XF86Config, which has no execute permission because it is not an executable program or a script, it is a simple text file, you need a text editor to modify it.

Try for example "emacs /etc/X11/XF86Config"
 
Old 07-08-2004, 02:41 AM   #5
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Hey, you are trying to "execute" the configuration file. To edit these files you need to use an editor like vim, emacs etc. So use

# vim /etc/X11/XF86Config

If you are not familiar with these programs then use 'pico'(it is much more like textpad) to open the file and then edit it. After you save the changes you will need to restart your xserver.

Happy configuring!!!
 
Old 07-08-2004, 02:44 AM   #6
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ahhh there we go.. thanks alot
 
  


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